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DTC annual bus maintenance contract: L-G secretariat sends file to Home Ministry

Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s secretariat has forwarded information associated to the annual upkeep contract (AMC) of 1,000 low-floor DTC buses, together with the report of a three-member committee, to the Union Ministry of Dwelling Affairs, in response to sources.

Two sources within the authorities confirmed that the file involved has been despatched to the MHA. Nonetheless, the L-G Home refused to touch upon the matter.

The committee was shaped by the L-G on June 16 and its members had been principal secretary (transport) Ashish Kundra, principal secretary (vigilance) Ok R Meena, and former IAS O P Agarwal. It had the mandate to look at whether or not alleged irregularities vitiated the tendering course of associated to the AMC and buy of buses.

The panel, in its report, stated the tendering technique of buy of buses “warrants no interference and suffers from no main infirmity, and that it “targeted its consideration solely on the procurement technique of AMC of the buses”.

On the AMC, the committee discovered that the tender for it was “flawed” because it allowed the participation of solely two gamers that gained the contract to provide the buses as properly. In its 11-page report, the committee stated the AMC encourages “cartelisation” and “monopoly pricing”.

Whereas acknowledging that floating separate tenders can’t mechanically be faulted, it identified that the eligibility standards “defeated the aim of splitting the bids”. It additionally questioned the absence of a worth reasonableness take a look at towards a well-defined benchmark and dismissed the DTC’s competition that it couldn’t achieve this attributable to lack of understanding.

A supply informed The Indian The Press Reporter: “The file associated to AMC of the buses, together with the panel report, has been despatched. The subsequent plan of action shall be determined by the MHA, which is the L-G’s reporting authority. To make certain, merely sending the file doesn’t imply any motion is within the offing. The MHA could have sought particulars from the L-G workplace since some particulars of the report made it to the press.”

The committee had additionally urged that after cancelling the AMC contract, the DTC discover inviting recent bids to “guarantee wider participation”. “A recent bid be floated for a turnkey operation and upkeep contract (O&M) for these buses as towards a easy AMC contract,” the committee stated.

A turnkey contract, within the case of DTC, would imply that non-public gamers needs to be roped in to offer bus drivers, run the buses, and care for day after day upkeep and restore.

Nonetheless, the AMC has not been scrapped to this point. Within the tendering course of, JBM Auto had bagged the AMC contract, rising because the L1 bidder.

Whereas the acquisition contract was for Rs 850 crore, the now-scrapped 12-year AMC was for Rs 3,412 crore.

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